There are no guarantees in life besides taxes, death and mortgage rates eventually increasing. Ok, maybe I took a popular phrase and added that part about mortgage rates at the end. However, while it may not be part of the original saying, it’s a part of life. Mortgage rates can only drop so much before they begin to rise. Last week, fixed mortgage rates inched upward according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the first time since the beginning of the month. That trend continued this week as rates again rose slightly. Let’s take a look at the numbers from Freddie Mac:
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.28 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 17, 2013, up from last week when it averaged 4.23 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.37 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 3.33 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.31 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.66 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.07 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.05 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.75 percent.
1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.63 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.64 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.60 percent.
As always, Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist from Freddie Mac, provided us with some valuable insight:
“Fixed mortgage rates edged up leading to the federal budget deadline this week. Recent confidence measures depict some of the effects of the government shutdown and uncertainty of the budget impasse. For instance, consumer sentiment in October fell for the second straight month to the lowest reading since January, according to the University of Michigan. Similarly, October’s homebuilder confidence fell to a four-month low. However, despite these downturns in confidence, mortgage applications rose for the second consecutive week as of October 11th, elevated by increases in applications for refinancing.”
Fact: Rates jumped ever so slightly this week. Fact: Currently, Quicken Loans is offering rates below the national average. If you’re looking to refinance or get a new mortgage, check out our current rates today!